Save Lives by Preventing Bullying
While bullying is not the only cause of suicide in children and teens, it does have a correlation that we as parents need to be aware of.
Unlike what we see in the media, bullying does not always cause suicide, but it does increase the chances that the bully or victim will at least contemplate suicide.
And if even one child loses their life because of bullying, that’s too high of a price to pay.
So what can we do to help our children?
It’s important to know the signs of bullying to watch for in your children. Read about that here.
Watch for signs of depression, which is a leading cause of suicide. Children and teens who are depressed and bullied are much more likely to attempt suicide than their peers.
The signs of depression are similar to the signs to watch for with bullying. Have your child’s grades dropped? Do they now hate school when it used to be their favorite place? Do they talk about “drama” at school or mention that they have no friends? All of these can be signs of depression.
If you think your child is depressed or suicidal, it is important to speak to their doctor or a mental health professional. Treating depression in your child is a great way to lower their chances of being suicidal.
It’s important to know the signs of suicide. Like pulling away, or giving away treasured items. They may go and visit old friends or family members to say goodbye.
Since there is a correlation between bullying and suicide, make sure your child knows they can come to you if they are being bullied. Be committed to the process, a sometimes long process, of helping your child if they are bullied.
And lastly, never, never, never ignore threats of suicide. Not all children will talk about it before they do it, but some will. Take notice and get them the help that they need.
Encourage your children and teens to have open conversations about bullying and suicide, thus lowering their risk factors.
Mental health can never be taken too seriously! If you are worried about someone you know, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Your child is not alone in this, and neither are you!
RESOURCES FOR THIS POST:
How Strong is the Link Between Bullying and Suicide?
The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide